Darden Restaurants

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Darden Restaurants, Inc. is an American multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in Orlando. As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen. Until July 28, 2014, Darden also owned Red Lobster. Darden has more than 1,500 restaurant locations and more than 150,000 employees, making it the world's largest full-service restaurant company. As of 2018, Darden is the only Fortune 500 company with its corporate headquarters in Greater Orlando.

A former employee had this to say, "Terrible company work life balance is terrible Communication from corporate untimely. No room for creativity or other systems Pure corporate and no individuality of managing Wrote more statements then actually getting anything so wrong. Management come and go thru these places, and very hard to get consistant structure and everyone on the same page. Lazy servers who don’t chip in without pulling teeth. Darden cut back bussers and bartenders money into a tip share program which has cut their pay in half, especially when they’ve been working there for many years. District Managers always rude and puts employees on the spot, and don’t know how to talk to them."


Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says "The management is extremely unorganized and only cares about their bonus."
Server (Current Employee) says "guys I used to love working here. I didn’t understand why my coworkers were always mad and upset until after I was there for a while. Managers are unprofessional, untrustworthy, and treat you like you are nothing. One out of 4 managers in Mansfield tx at OG actually cares about us but there is so much they can do. People get fired for the wrong reasons, and people that actually do wrong always seem to get rewardedTips can be good, coworkers make days betterManagement"
Server Assistant says "I came in with 5 years serving experience and was only allowed to bus tables for minimum wage. They scheduled split shifts several days a week, which doesn't work for many people. People constantly called off or did not show up, and they didn't have any repercussions."
Server (Current Employee) says "For 5 years I was in an unfaithful relationship where the bartender J.P thought it was funny to sleep around with coworkers that we worked with at Longhorn Steakhouse (Yonkers) while having me take care of her child and do all the dad and boyfriend stuff no one wanted to do.The funny part was employees and management knew I was getting cheated on. Good luck with harassment ladies they condone it instead of preventing it."
Former Employee - Server says "Hours can be long if you work a double Customers"
Olive Garden Server (Current Employee) says "Olive Garden 6423 is the absolute worst job I have ever had from a management standpoint. Once was written up for using the bathroom. They called it " Poor performance". If you want a toxic workplace with uneducated management this is the place for you. If not seek employment elsewhere. Out of all jobs I feel least valued here.No pro's.No breaks, scheduled outside of your availability."
says "Manager is arrogant and very cocky."
Certified Trainer/ Line Cook (Former Employee) says "Managers only care about the bottom line. As an employee you are nothing more than a number They try to compensate you with meaningless pins and "awards" with no added pay . Raises come once a year ,so if you're hired right before or after, you have a long time to wait for compensation."

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